The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly open to trading anybody – including Jordan Hill, which intrigued the Brooklyn Nets initially. However, it appears the Nets are getting cold feet at the thought of acquiring Hill and the proposed deal is unlikely to happen, this according to Mark Medina of Inside So Cal.
Although the Lakers engaged in preliminary talks about a trade that would send Jordan Hill to the Brooklyn Nets, the deal likely will not happen, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
While Hill is only due $3.5 million dollars and is an expiring contract at season end, his contract would push the Nets even further into the luxury tax considering they were planning to use a disabled player exception to acquire him.
The addition of Hill for the DPE would push the Nets into the $190 million dollar range for their payroll and tax payments according to Medina, which understandably has them questioning the addition.
Brooklyn does have a player or two with a similar contract to Hill, though, each come with additional years under contract – something the Lakers are said to be avoiding.